It's officially that time of the year everyone! The season of magic, winter wonderlands, and candy cane flavoured everything is finally here and we couldn't be more excited about it. The holidays are amazing because they bring with it so many comforting things that we all know and love like Christmas markets, twinkling lights strung up on every street, hot cocoa by the fireplace, and fluffy snowfalls.
You really can't go wrong with any of those things. I'm not sure what it is, but there's something about Europe during the holidays that bring so much more magic than Canada does. Maybe it's the classic Christmas markets in Germany, romantic ski resorts blanketed with fluffy snow in Austria, the charming lights at night along the cobblestoned streets of London, I could honestly go on and on.
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But most of us can't quite afford to hop on a plane to Europe right now. Instead, save your money and spend the holidays here by making some trips out to these 6 adorable towns in Ontario that will make you feel like you're actually in Europe!
If you're looking for a true German Christmas experience, look no further than Kitchener! Each year they host their Chriskindl Market which is an adorable recreation of a German Christmas market with lights, music, treats, street vendors and so much more. The market will run from December 6-9th this year so don't miss out on a real European Christmas event!
Upper Canada Village
Every year Upper Canada Village transforms into a magical Christmas event like no other. Alight at Night is a winter wonderland experience where you can walk through a 1km city trail of twinkling lights! There will be romantic horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday-themed activities, toy train rides, caroling and so much more! You definitely don't want to miss out on this unreal experience this holiday season.
Blue Mountain Village
There's no denying that the Blue Mountain Village is one of the most magical places in all of Ontario. Not only are the ski hills the best we've got here, but the village itself is like you've escaped to a hidden Austrian ski resort with tons of twinkly lights being set up, horse-drawn carriage rides, outdoor fire pits, hot cocoa, and so much more! They even have firework shows at night over the magical ski hills.
If a trip to the Simcoe Christmas Panorama hasn't been a part of your family tradition all these years, you should make it one now! Starting at the end of November and running all the way until January is this stunning festival of lights that takes over the town of Simcoe! An elaborate display of lights is set up along with horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday mascots handing out candy canes, and so much more.
Take a trip to France when you visit this French-themed Christmas village! The Village Noel Temiskaming is a unique and adorable festival with tons of local vendors, ice figures, Beaver Tails, kiosks and so much more! Enjoy traditional Christmas celebrations with French style shopping for a holiday escape you'll never forget.
Cambridge is one of the best towns in Ontario to celebrate the holidays because they have so much going on! They have a Christmas Market inside City Hall, music and lights set up across the town, a park that is transformed into a real-life Candyland, the CP Holiday Train will be stopping there, caroling, and so much more.